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Siri Shortcuts on iOS 12: what is it and how to create?

ByOleg Romanenko 2019-02-27 3613

The Siri Shortcuts feature is the most useful innovation for Apple's voice assistant since its release in 2011. It is thanks to the Fast Siri teams that users will finally start using Siri.

Siri Shortcuts on iOS 12 


What is Siri Shortcuts?


Siri Shortcut allows you to create your own commands for Apple's voice assistant, thereby automating the actions you often perform on an iOS device (iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s ,iPad, iPod Touch 6th generation). At the WWDC 2018 conference, the Cupertins demonstrated how several such actions can be activated at once with a single key phrase. For example, order your favorite coffee, make the best route to work, turn on the lights at home before your arrival, etc.


Be that as it may, it is far from always necessary to link several actions. The Siri Shortcuts feature allows you to link ANY key phrase to a specific action, for example, opening your favorite site in Safari, sending a message or viewing the latest photos.



But after all, these opportunities were previously, you say. That's right, but all the same, the advantages of the Siri Shortcuts are obvious. Let's give some examples. 



Example 1


On iOS 11 and older versions of iOS, it is impossible to ask Siri, for example, to open the website - you simply will not explain to the voice assistant how to pronounce the domain name correctly. With the help of the Siri Shortcuts you can easily open any website, a specific article on the Internet, or a search query (below we will tell you how).



Example 2



You want to include a specific Apple Music shuffle playlist. Yes, it could be done in iOS 11 and older versions of iOS, but with great difficulty. Now, all you have to do is say Siri, for example, "Turn on my playlist"(or any other phrase you want), and the voice assistant will instantly play the desired playlist with mixing (below we will tell how to do it).


Example 3


Surely, you are riding a bike (using the original Apple headphones) or driving a car when faced with a situation when you need to call any person. In iOS 11, you had to say: "Siri, call Green Lantern." The voice assistant, having heard the words "Green Lantern", immediately starts asking you something like: "What kind of Green Lantern did you mean, you have 50 contacts". And after that begins to list all contacts with the name Green Lantern: Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart.


And so, when in a few minutes you still achieved the identification of the desired subscriber from Siri, she can again clarify "And on which phone to call, mobile or home?"After such a "useful"experience of communication with a voice assistant, you are unlikely to want to use his services again. With the introduction of Siri Shortcuts, calling a certain person is easier than ever. For example, tying the command "Call Alan", "Dial Hal"or something else to a subscriber of "Green Lantern"(below we will tell how to do it).


Which iOS devices support iOS 12?


Currently, the devices support iOS 12 includ iPhone, iPad and iPod. The detail models, please check the chart below:


iPhone XS 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation iPod touch 6th generation
iPhone XS Max 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation  
iPhone XR 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation  
iPhone X 11-inch iPad Pro  
iPhone 8 10.5-inch iPad Pro  
iPhone 8 Plus 9.7-inch iPad Pro  
iPhone 7 iPad 6th generation  
iPhone 7 Plus iPad 5th generation  
iPhone 6s iPad Air 2  
iPhone 6s Plus iPad Air  
iPhone 6 iPad mini 4  
iPhone 6 Plus iPad mini 3  
iPhone SE iPad mini 2  
iPhone 5s    


What applications support Siri Shortcut?


Currently, Siri Shortcuts function only works with some standard iOS applications; however, in the near future, third-party developers will begin to implement support for this very useful feature in their applications. And then our iPhone and iPad will acquire the capabilities of a real voice assistant. How to create Siri Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad with iOS 12?


If you have installed iOS 12 on your device, be sure to try out the Siri Shortcuts feature. Go to "Settings", select the "Siri and Search"section and you will see new tools at the top of the page.



select the “Siri and Search 



To view examples of Siri Shortcuts (suggested by the system based on your recent actions) that can be tied to a keyword, select the "Other Quick Commands"option:



Here is a list of suspected shortcuts, such as frequently visited web pages, dialogs, documents, etc. You will also see several system shortcuts linked to Mail, Photo, etc. In addition, you can add workflows created in the Commands application (formerly Workflow).



add workflows 



The options listed may vary. In order to add new own options to it, just do what you want to create a shortcut (web page, document, etc.), and then go to Siri Shortcut.



For example, the task is to create a quick Siri command to open site. For this:



● Open Safari and navigate to the desired site.



● Launch the Settings application, go to the Siri and Search section and tap the action from step 1 that appears in the list.



● Click the red button at the bottom of the screen and say the command, in our case, "Open your favorite site."



● Check the recognition is correct. If Siri did not hear the phrase, you can record it one more time or click "Edit" button and select the appropriate one from the suggested options. When finished, click Finish.



●​ That's all!



Now you can activate Siri in the usual way, pronounce the selected phrase and the voice assistant will perform the actions attached to it.



Again, at the present time, the capabilities of the function are very limited. As long as the developers of third-party applications do not implement the ability for Siri to create "shortcuts" in their products, the new function will not be available for them. However, it is already quite impressive now. The ability to work with Workflow using Siri is already a considerable achievement.



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